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There are two subscription plans available for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, so you can choose the plan that works best for you
 

1 Year Program Subscription


The one-year subscription plan is a great option if you plan to complete the CGMA Finance Leadership Program in the next twelve (12) months.  If you already have the education and experience, and you plan to start at a more advance program level, the one-year subscription plan will give you everything you need to reach your goal and earn the CGMA designation. Regardless of where you start, you will have access to all of the foundational tools and frameworks featured in the CGMA program.


The one-year subscription plan also includes access to exam preparation materials for each of the Case Study Exams, and two (2) credits for each of the required CGMA Case Study Exams. These exam credits are valid through the end of the one-year subscription period. 


The one-year subscription plan also includes your first year of membership dues for the AICPA as a CGMA Associate Member.


If you need more time to complete the CGMA program, you can always renew your annual subscription.


The price for the One Year Subscription Price is $2,295. There is also a one-time, registration and Application Fee of $390.

 

3 Year Program Subscription


The three-year subscription plan is a good choice if you plan to take more than one year to complete the CGMA Finance Leadership Program. The three-year subscription includes everything you need to earn the CGMA designation, and gives you more time to reach your goal.


The three-year subscription plan includes access to exam preparation materials for each of the Case Study Exams, and two (2) credits for each of the required CGMA Case Study Exams. These exam credits are valid until the end of your three-year subscription period. 


The three-year subscription plan includes your membership dues for the AICPA as a CGMA Associate Member, for the duration of your three-year subscription. The three-year subscription plan also includes all application and registration fees.


Three Year Subscription Price: $4,395

There are two subscription plans available for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, so you can choose the plan that works best for you. 

Both subscription plans include:
 

  • Access to the CGMA Finance Leadership Program
  • Two (2) credits toward each of the required CGMA Case Study Exams
  • Preparation resources for each of the required CGMA Case Study Exams
  • Membership in the AICPA as a CGMA Associate Member

As a CPA, you must be an AICPA regular member and you must pass the Strategic Case Study Exam to earn the CGMA designation. The exam fee for the Strategic Case Study Exam is $395.  As a CPA and member, you can also choose to register for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program which includes all fees, learning and exams. The annual subscription fee is $2,295, in addition to your AICPA membership. After you earned the CGMA designation the designation fee is currently $170 per year in addition to regular membership dues, or $120 per year if you also are a state CPA society member.

If you have received a voucher from your employer, then you are ready to register for the CGMA program. During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to indicate that you are registering with a Program Voucher and enter the code provided to you by your employer. The voucher code validates your payment for the authorized subscription plan.

Each voucher’s expiration date is equal to the length of the purchased subscription (1 or 3 year), plus 60 days from the time the voucher code was sent to the employer.
 

The voucher can be redeemed at any time before the expiration date. However, redeeming the voucher after the initial 60-day introduction period reduces your active time in the program. We recommend that employers distribute the vouchers directly after receipt and ask their candidates to register promptly to maximize their time in the program. 

If, for any reason, you are unable to continue with the CGMA program, you are eligible for a refund within the first 30 days of your registration.  There are no refunds available for the CGMA program after the first 30 days; your subscription will remain active until it expires.

To extend or renew your CGMA program subscription, simply go to your MyCGMA account on cgma.org and purchase another year of access to the program.
 

When you extend your subscription, the next 12-month period will start the first day after your current subscriptions end date. You will not you lose any days if you choose to renew early.
 

You can extend your subscription anytime within 6 months of the expiration date. Your new subscription will start the day you pay for the renewal. If you wait longer than 6 months, then you will be unable to renew your subscription and you must complete a new registration.

If you reach the end date of your program subscription and it is not renewed, you will lose access to the CGMA program. You can extend your subscription.

 

Once you purchase another subscription, your membership is reactivated allowing you to access the learning and examinations from where you left off.

If you started with a 1-year subscription, the cost to renew your subscription for the second and third year in the program is $2,295/year.
 

If you choose to renew your subscription to the CGMA program after three years, then the subscription cost will be $395/year. This subscription fee includes membership but does not include the exam fees. Exam fees must be paid separately when registering for the exams.

Membership is required to both study to become a CGMA and to maintain your CGMA designation. CGMA Associate Membership is included in your subscription package when you register for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program. Once you have earned the designation, you will only pay for the CGMA Associate Membership. The annual membership fee is $395/year.

AICPA members with CGMA Associate Membership who have completed the CGMA Program and earned the designation pay a $395 annual fee.

When you register for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, you become a CGMA Associate Member. Your annual membership dues are included in the CGMA program subscription plan.  If you have a 1 or 3-year subscription, your membership dues are included until your subscription expires. After your subscription expires, your membership dues will be billed on an annual basis, based on the anniversary date of your registration.

As an individual customer you will pay for the CGMA during the registration process. We currently accept payments via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express). 

Yes. If you not are a corporate client, and want to pay via invoice, please contact us via email at CGMASalesInquiries@aicpa.org to request an invoice.